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Pukapuka Talks: Backing Wild Cards

Sunday 27th October 2019

Discover what happens when you team up feminist writer and playwright Renée, ONZM (born 1929), with journalist and debut novelist Becky Manawatu (born 1982).

Renée, one of Becky’s writing heroes, recommended that Mākaro Press publish the debut author’s novel, and they’ve never met. Renée calls her first foray into crime fiction, The Wild Card, ‘cosy noir’. She has championed Manawatu’s Auē, since its first reading. The two will meet for the first time at the Festival and discuss their new novels and what delights them about each other’s work.

Chaired by Mary McCallum.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Page & Blackmore, Makaro Press and The Cuba Press.


October 27, 2019


3.30pm; 60 mins, no interval


Nelson & suburbs


Founders Heritage Park
87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson
The Granary Festival Café

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Price $16 (plus TicketDirect service fee)

Tickets from Theatre Royal, Nelson i-SITE, Richmond Mall Info Desk, all TicketDirect outlets ph. 03 548 3840, ext 1; 0800 224 224..


Additional Info

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